Friday, April 23, 2021


The Cotswolds Distillery, has today announced the launch of its second Heart and Crafts bottling.

Cotswolds Hearts and Crafts Pineau de Charentes Cask (55.2% ABV) is a single malt whisky, matured in Pineau white grape fortified wine casks.

Cotswolds Hearts and Crafts Pineau de Chartentes Cask

Pineau de Charentes, is a little-known regional specialty of the Charentes Maritime region of France, sitting north of Bordeaux and encompasses the Cognac-producing region. It is made from fresh grape juice, which is blended with Cognac and left to age in oak barrels for a number of years.

The combination of the Pineau casks and the French oak, is said to impart a slightly more bitter and tannic note than the American oak used by the distillery for aging their whisky, resulting in a whisky that deliver notes of tonka bean, marzipan and caramelised peaches on the nose, followed by notes of raisins, brazil nuts, toffee, fudge and dried orange peel on the palate.

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement this second Heart and Crafts bottling continues with a William Morris design, which is both classic and contemporary. This prolific and innovative designer was one of the leaders of the movement, which was created in the late 19th century and stood for the importance of traditional craftsmanship.

Commenting on the news, Daniel Szor, Cotswolds Distillery Founder, said: “I first started drinking Pineau on a trip to the beautiful Atlantic island of Isle de RĂ©, just off the cost of La Rochelle, in 1994 and I’ve always had a soft spot for it. Hence the excitement at the idea of aging our Cotswolds single malt spirit in these casks.”

Limited to 1,600 bottles, Cotswolds Hearts and Crafts Pineau de Charentes Cask, is now available exclusively from distillery, for a RRP of £74.95.

Posted by Steve Rush